NEWS: Nevill Holt Opera Announces Summer 2021 Festival

The company has announced that it will be moving its opera festival outdoors and stage it later than usual this summer, running from the 4th to the 25th August.

(c)Robert Workman.

With dates for Verdi’s La traviata and Mozart’s Don Giovanni running throughout August, Nevill Holt Opera will build an outdoor stage and seating that will enable each performance to play to a socially distanced audience of up to 650 people.

The company have also announced it will be making its pricing more affordable, with tickets starting from just £35 and free for under-18s.

Both productions will be staged on a giant, covered stage will feature a socially distanced orchestra for each performance, while a further stage in front ensures all audience members will feel close to the action. The stage set-up is being designed to frame the sensational valley views from Nevill Holt.

Meanwhile, three seating zones will enable audiences to choose whether they would prefer to relax and spread out on picnic blankets on the lawn, to watch the opera from a comfortable seat, or to ensure they beat the weather by choosing a premium spot in a tiered and covered grandstand.

Nicholas Chalmers, Artistic Director of Nevill Holt Opera said: “Nevill Holt Opera 2021 is to be our biggest and most ambitious festival to date. We invite you to come and immerse yourselves in the world of Mozart and Verdi in a beautiful outdoor staging. Our exceptional young artists, creative teams and orchestra partners are working hard to bring you visual and musical delights as you take in the fantastic view of the Welland Valley from our home at Nevill Holt. We are responding to the events of the last year by opening up the festival to a larger audience, sharing our high artistic standards and doing everything we can to make your experience entertaining and uplifting. We are all missing the arts and I personally cannot wait to conduct Verdi’s masterpiece, La traviata. In June, we will be hosting chamber music and solo recitals in our award-winning
theatre and inviting you to share in the glories that make Nevill Holt such a special place; intimacy, spectacular gardens and wonderful singing.”

The NHO is an independent charity and festival run by its board, Artistic Director, Nicholas Chalmers, and Managing Director, Annie Lydford. More than 55% of its income is generated from ticket sales, 25% from fundraising and membership, 10% from other activity such as catering, merchandise and theatre hire, and 10% through an annual grant from the David Ross Foundation. NHO has received vital support this year from the Cultural Recovery Fund and from the Garfield Weston Foundation, both of which have played a crucial role in the organisation’s ability to mount a festival this summer.

In addition the festival, the company is planning on hosting present further performances and a mini festival in June, to include chamber music and solo recitals in its theatre, as well as additional performances in August.

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